New Super Mario Bros. 2 is something of a divisive title as a result of its play-it-safe formula. Gamers who started their adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom back in 2006 or later will likely enjoy what’s on offer here. It’s still a very well-made game, even if it lacks the same magic of previous titles. On the other hand, veteran gamers will probably think Mario’s latest quest far too simplistic and familiar for them to feel truly entertained. The new Coin Rush mode alleviates this feeling somewhat, but there’s only so many times you’ll want play through it before you’re left craving a new Mario experience.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 shows us that the portly plumber still has it, but one can’t help but think that he sold out somewhere along the way.